by admin on October 3, 2013

so…….once esme decided that it was ok for her to blog on about her recent neck surgery there has been no stopping her.  the latest:  an idea that can only be dubbed a bit eccentric—how about a titanium plate necklace???  i’d love to get my hands on two little cervical titanium plates, but the only ones i’ve got access to are inside my neck!  i tried searching for some on line but it looks like you’ve got to purchase them by the thousands.  i wonder if surgeons have boxes of slightly flawed plates that a person might get her mitts on.  i suppose one could get some from a cadaver, but that would be well….gross.

titanium is a really cool metal–both light and strong.  my first awareness of it had to do with bicycles.  when we were first married, mr. noir and i used to bicycle on sundays from our house in dolores heights to golden gate park, which was closed to traffic.  mr. noir had the most wonderful red bike:  it was all titanium, with a simple, clean design that looked sturdy but was light as a feather.  a klein, i believe.  alas, it was stolen from our garage some years later and they don’t make ’em like that anymore.  so i guess i kind of picture a couple of little red titanium bicycles holding up my neck (just kidding)!!

here’s what wikipedia has to say about titanium:  “A metallic element, titanium is recognized for its high strength-to-weight ratio.[7] It is a strong metal with low density that is quite ductile (especially in an oxygen-free environment),[2] lustrous, and metallic-white in color.[9] The relatively high melting point (more than 1,650 °C or 3,000 °F) makes it useful as a refractory metal. It is paramagnetic and has fairly low electrical and thermal conductivity.[2]”

now that is postively poetic……”ductile”–what a lovely word!

so anyway, i thought i’d obtain a couple of these fine titanium plates that come all pre-formed with little holes that would be perfect for stringing on a chain.  perhaps that would be the necklace right there.  or maybe it could be filled out with polished stones, beads, silver, diamonds, deer antlers, arrowheads, baby teeth, ummmm…..the world’s my oyster!

do you think esme will have the courage to ask her surgeon if he can give her a few left-over titanium plates?  anyone out there have a good friend who’s a neurosurgeon?

to be continued,


imagine courtesy of:  http://www.autocam-medical.com/products/orthopedic-implants/orthopedic-bone-plates/







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